Let's fight crime together - Phiyega

Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega believes the public needs to be proactive in the fight against crime.

Newly appointed National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega speaking to the media on Thursday 14 June, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Friday called on South Africans to cooperate with police in order to rid their communities of crime.

Phiyega said while there has been a nationwide decline in contact crimes, officers cannot rest until every citizen feels safe.

The latest crime statistics were released in Parliament on Thursday. The report shows that the number of house robberies has while while bank robberies have gone down.

The police boss made the call, ahead of the start of the National Police Music Festival in Goodwood, Cape Town.

She also reflected on the latest crime statistics saying she is encouraged by the figures.

"Well done to all our employees and thank you for sacrifices you have made."

But Phiyega admitted the battle against crime is far from over.

"Although the news in general, in terms of the latest crime statistics, is positive and encouraging, we acknowledge there's a lot of hard work ahead of us."

She added more focus will also be placed on tackling business robberies and murder and sexual assaults.